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Magic Leap shows off gaming on its holographic headset

David Smothers March 19, 2015

Magic Leap, the Google-backed company with the mysterious augmented reality and virtual reality headset, has released an impressive new video showing off its futuristic interface. The video titled “Just another day in the office” also shows off what gaming will look like. Needless to say, we’re stoked. We want one ASAP. In the video, we… Continue Reading »

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First Wearable Device for Seniors Keeps Tabs on Their Health

David Smothers August 21, 2014

Most fitness trackers monitor the habits of relatively self-aware, healthy individuals — those looking to lose weight or hit a steps goal each day — but a new device intended for seniors keeps tabs on how they’re doing and alerts caregivers when something might be wrong. Tempo, by CarePredict, is a wristband tracker that doubles… Continue Reading »

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Samsung Buys SmartThings for a Reported $200 Million

David Smothers August 15, 2014

In another signal that consumers’ homes are the new battleground for tech colossuses, Samsung announced on Thursday that it was buying Internet of Things startup SmartThings for a reported $200 million. Re/code reported the figure, which was attributed to anonymous sources. SmartThings CEO Alex Hawkinson confirmed the acquisition in a blog post, but didn’t describe… Continue Reading »

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Can Wearable Technology Put a Dent in Parkinson’s Disease?

David Smothers August 13, 2014

Wearable technology has clear applications for healthcare, but it’s just one tool. To really find better treatments and cures for disease, the data from the wearable needs to reach beyond a single patient and become part of an aggregate, which medical researchers all over the world can access and analyze. In other words, it needs… Continue Reading »

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How the Surface Pro 3 Compares to the MacBook Air

David Smothers May 22, 2014

In case you missed it, Microsoft just announced the latest member of its Surface tablet family, the Surface Pro 3. Microsoft is dubbing the Pro 3 “a tablet that can replace your laptop,” and positioning it against the thinnest, most portable notebook on the market — the MacBook Air. Throughout the Surface Pro 3 presentation,… Continue Reading »

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Cheap Motion Sensors That Tell You Your Windows and Doors Have Opened

David Smothers May 19, 2014

With the release of Dropcam’s Pro webcam last fall, the company set the scene for some interesting wireless accessories with the inclusion of built-in Bluetooth LE. With an API it hopes to get other companies to make accessories too, and to encourage development the company has just revealed its own official accessory: a cheap motion… Continue Reading »

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Samsung Gear Fit Review: A Beautiful Wristable Gone to Waste

David Smothers April 16, 2014

Samsung’s Gear Fit had every chance to be by far the best activity tracker you could own. It isn’t. Not by a long shot. And there’s nothing sadder than unrealized potential. What Is It? It’s a stunning fitness tracker slash smartwatch wristable. It counts steps, tracks sleep, displays notifications from your phone, and even takes… Continue Reading »

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Samsung Names Its Price for Gear Fit, Gear 2 Smartwatch

David Smothers March 21, 2014

For those awaiting more details about Samsung’s new Gear 2 smartwatch and Gear Fit wristband tracker, the company announced pricing and availability on Thursday. According to Sammobile.com, which reported Samsung’s official pricing for Taiwan, the Gear 2 will cost $299 in the U.S., while the Gear Fit will go for $199. Samsung later told Mashable… Continue Reading »

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Why the Moto 360 Smartwatch Will Kill Google Glass

David Smothers March 21, 2014

In November of 2013, I became a Google Glass Explorer. Part of this endeavor involved forking over $1,500 and tax for a technology device that was still in beta. The hardware was beyond prototype, but not in the mass production scale that would be necessary for worldwide distribution. Just a few years ago, smart watches… Continue Reading »

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Apple Prepping Sensors That Predict Heart Attacks, Report Says

David Smothers February 17, 2014

We now know that Apple held closed-door talks with Tesla, a meeting of two innovative companies that hints at a number of possibilities. But buried in that same report from the San Francisco Chronicle is the news that Apple may also be preparing to release a heart-attack prediction device. According to the report, Apple is… Continue Reading »

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